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Not all Vampires Sparkle

Energy vampires do not attack only at night.  They continue to suck the electrical juice from a home 24 hours per day seven days per week.  Any device that continues using power when in a sleep or standby mode can be considered an energy vampire.  As long as their fangs are attached to a power outlet, they continue to consume electricity.

Most energy vampires include small electronic devices, such as DVD and DVR players, printers and laptop adapters, items that are left plugged in and often go unused for days, weeks or even months.  In many cases as much as 20% of the power used in one’s home is wasted by devices powered up but in the standby mode.  Cell phone chargers are some of the sneakiest.  If plugged into a wall, regardless of whether the phone is attached, these chargers continue drawing a small amount of power.

In addition to their beady red LED eyes, it is possible to identify one’s energy vampires by the method in which they plug into the outlet.  Wall warts are usually small square transformers that plug directly into the wall outlet.  Normally they convert the AC power from the outlet to a 9- or 12-volt DC power for devices including cordless phones, answering machines and battery chargers.  Bricks use a standard plug and AC cord that attached to the heavier duty brick shaped transformer in the middle of the line.  These are the chargers often found on laptop adapters.  Consider the following ways to fight against their slow drain of your electricity.

Computers and printers should be completely powered down instead of being put into a sleep or standby mode.

The power cord is the main vein through which energy vampires suck energy.  Unplug the device from the wall and it cannot consume any more energy until plugged back into a receptacle.

Use power strips with an on/off switch when plugging energy vampires into the electrical outlet.  A single flip of the switch can block their access to the grid, reducing one’s overall power consumption.

Do you have questions what might be sucking the energy out of your home? The comfort specialists at Hobaica Services are ready to help.  Follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/hobaicaservices for regular updates, consumer information and general fun stuff for every Home Owner.

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Michael Crivaro
Michael Crivaro
01:53 28 Oct 21
Hobaica comes out every 6 months to do an AC checkup. John was our technician this time and did a great, thorough job. He went above and beyond to make sure everything was running how it should be. They have always been great and hope to have John back the next time.
Ron Barre
Ron Barre
17:57 27 Oct 21
Annual maintenance of HVAC systems and upgrade my AC system with a little more protection from any future malfunction.
Joy Lewis
Joy Lewis
23:17 26 Oct 21
Ryan is by far the best Service Technician. He has been out several times and has done plumbing and AC repairs. Recommend Ryan and Hobaica for all of your home needs they do it all. Thanks Ryan!! Extremely impressed with Amer and Juan. They are thorough and gave me advice on taking better care of my unit by changing my filter more often, I did not know that. Asked about my carbon monoxide dector and I found out online it had been recalled, had Amer not mentioned the dector I would not have checked it out. They are very Iinformative about the services Hobaica offers. Can't say enough good about Hobaica, and Amer and Juan. I do recommend Hobaica to my friends.
ed mulrean
ed mulrean
22:48 26 Oct 21
John Miranda was wonderful. He wore a mask, as we do in our house, and wore shoe coverings when in the house. These may seem like small things but they demonstrate respect and professionalism. He gave our system a serious review and changes interior filters. I hope that the for our next seasonal service that Hobaica sends him out to us again.
Pat Dudley
Pat Dudley
15:49 26 Oct 21
I had Hobaica out for HVAC maintenance and duct cleaning. It was soon discovered my unit was limping along on its last leg and soon to bite the dust. Luckily it got me thru the summer. James came and helped us get a GREAT system that should keep us very comfortable in the future! Great service, very professional and courteous - all technicians who came out were also! You’ll spend a little bit of $ but as they say, you get what you pay for!!
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Elisa Armenta7ko7k7kk7ok7k
15:13 26 Oct 21
I had Ryan from Hobaica take care of a bathtub leak. He was veryefficient and precise with his work. I really appreciate his thoroughnesswith everything. I highly recommend Ryan. Thank you..
Nel Adja
Nel Adja
18:12 25 Oct 21
Binh is helpful and professional. He understands the concern and come up with solution. Will recommend Binh to anyone.
elizabeth zuniga
elizabeth zuniga
23:47 23 Oct 21
John Miranda went above and beyond. He was very thorough professional and explained everything thoroughly. I would recommend him to anyone that needs the AC looked at.
Sidney Sexson
Sidney Sexson
21:49 23 Oct 21
Service was good. Binh Tran is an excellent technician. He is very knowledgeable and explains what the issues are so you are confident in the service.

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